In June, I stopped using the weather app. Instead, I would check the amount of moisture in the home when I got up, run my hands through the bed linens, and check the towels in the bathroom to see whether they had dried. Still wet. On my way to the kitchen, I’d put on the dehumidifier before eventually looking out the window to see that it was still raining.
Maine received more rain than usual last month, with 5.68 inches falling in Portland. Not just Maine was affected by the fog outbreaks and hours of flooding-risking precipitation. As well as New Hampshire, Australia, and parts of China, June precipitation was above average.
I dislike the rain. I get wearier, my curls are continually matte, and getting outside is harder. And another month of continually searching the ever-gray sky for the sun gets tiresome after a long, dreary winter. However, the rain this month has also served as a form of climate change PR by making everyone keep bringing up the weather.
Continuous rain has resulted in an incessant discussion of, well, this damn rain. I’ve discussed the rain with friends who work in the arts, politics, accounting, sales, behavioral sciences, and public relations. I’ve discussed the rain with baristas, red-matter supporters, graduates of elite universities, and blue-collar workers. Everyone had a significant observation to make regarding the rain, such as how it makes them feel or how it has changed from when they were younger. “Climate change,” more than one person has just said, followed by a tense laugh.
New research suggests that the Northeast will regularly receive more precipitation, most likely in the form of rain, when it comes to the topic of precipitation. The rain is here, changing the weather in New England and how we think about the seasons, according to new research by Dartmouth scientist Jonathan Winters and his colleagues, which was published this spring.
As an ecologist, I read and consider climate change on a regular basis throughout a range of timescales, including six months, a year, 15 years, and 100 years. However, I have had talks almost every day this month, which has given me hope that data cannot. Talking about the climate and weather awakens a fresher, more vital consciousness. People are aware of the changes taking place in their backyards. They also care.
Oppressive Rain Raises Awareness of Climate Change
More important dialogues about climate change and, consequently, our relationship with this human-caused phenomenon is now possible because of the attention that rain, particularly this oppressive, unpleasant summer rain, is receiving. Climate change is humanized by it.
As a scientist, I do think that what we do is essential to preventing and slowing down climate change, but we can’t do it alone. Finding and implementing solutions depends on the public’s support and participation. Talking about the rain and “June gloom” in terms of how it impacts our daily life and how it makes us feel can be the first step.
According to studies, having conversations about climate change with people you know, such as your friends, neighbors, or grandparents, makes the topic more approachable. People are more willing to believe their friends and family and to take the science of climate change into consideration. We can’t fix a problem that we can’t communicate about, as a 2018 Nature Conservancy report offers advice for communicating about climate warns.
I hope the rain stays away this summer, at least for a little while, so we can enjoy all the wonderful things that characterize a Maine summer. But if it comes back, we’ll have a lot to speak about.
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